Sick Inc. has unveiled the FX3 Flexi Soft modular safety controller. Designed for adaptation to
safety applications for small- to medium-size
machines, the controller is expandable from 12
to 144 inputs/outputs. It is software-program-mable and offers features to increase the
response time of the machine as well as an
enhanced functional interface. Hardware and
software configuration for the system is done
using a drag-and-drop feature.
Camera Tracking Software
Therma Trak, introduced by Flir Systems Inc., is
a high-tech service for locating missing or
stolen infrared cameras and thermal imagers.
Developed with Gadget Trak Inc., it uses recovery software that pinpoints the geographic location of lost, stolen or missing cameras. The
Therma Trak software embedded in the camera
tracks the Internet protocol address, the host
name and the Internet service provider being
used after the camera has been lost or stolen
and then connected to the Internet. It also is
used for asset management when multiple
cameras are deployed in the field. When tracking is activated, each time a camera is connected to a computer with Internet access, an
e-mail is sent to the owner with a link to an
updated location report.
The Alta U16M high-performance cooled camera system from Apogee Instruments Inc. has a
16-megapixel full-frame sensor with a 4096 ;
4096 array size. The system offers microlensing
and blooming gates, making it useful for applications in astrophotography, sky surveys, radiology, and optical and nondestructive testing. It
has 32 MB of camera memory and a USB 2.0
interface, and it can be cooled to between 45
and 70 °C below ambient, depending on the
housing selected. The dynamic range is 79 dB,
and anti-blooming is > 100;. ActiveX drivers
are included with each system.
Laser Processing Machine
GmbH’s Lasers &
Div. has released
Solas 1800, a laser
system that drills
within 1 s up to
100 tiny through
holes into crys-
talline solar cells for
via metal or emitter wrap-through technology.
Available as a stand-alone system or as a module for integration into existing production environments, it has a disk laser that creates <10-
µm holes without microcracks or debris. The
laser beam is delivered by a scanner, with positioning accuracy of ± 10 µm. Wafer sizes of 100,
125 and 156 mm can be accommodated, as
can wafer thickness from 150 to 300 µm. Up to
1800 solar cells can be processed per hour.
Spectrum Detector Inc.’s two new models of the
“delta” joulemeter probes are compatible with
its delta-DPM USB-based digital power module.
Model DPJ-25-OB features a black absorbing
coating for flat spectral response across the
spectrum, while model DPJ-25-DC has a fast,
diffuse metallic coating and is capable of pulsed
measurements at >40,000 pps. Both versions
have an aperture diameter of 23 mm and a
spectral range of 0.25 to 15 µm.
The 1064-nm pas-
has applications in
marking hard materials and
in biophotonics. Users have the
option to vary the lasers’ average out-
put power. The SNP-400P provides 400 m W of
average power, the SNP-30E delivers more than
30 µJ per pulse, and the SNP-7PW, 21 µJ per
pulse and 350 m W.